Swine Flu Update – Week Ending Oct. 23
H1N1 Cases in England Double in One Week
If there were any doubt left about how contagious this strain is:
Last week = 27,000 cases This week = 53,000 cases
CDC Calls H1N1 a “Disease of the Young”
New CDC research from Sept. 1 through Oct. 10 shows that of the swine flu fatalities studied during that time period, 23.6% were younger than 25, 65% were ages 25 to 64, and 11.6% were over 65. Also according to this article, which is based on the CDC press conference, in the normal non-pandemic flu seasons, 90% of fatalities occur in people over 65.
Parents against the vaccination often quote the still (comparatively) low number of H1N1 deaths, but they’re missing the point. Looking at the number of deaths by itself is misleading. It’s the unusual ages behind the numbers that matter. Seasonal flu always hits the older population hard, but these H1N1 deaths? Are mostly kids and young adults.
Wired Goes After the Antivax Parents, Too
Go check out Matt Blum’s post. It’s great. Also, have you checked out all the news stories lately about H1N1 vaccine shortages, delays, and hours-long waiting lines at shot clinics? While I hate to hear about the delays, at the same time it’s encouraging to see the numbers of people not falling for the anti-vaccination pseudoscience.
Swine Flu Changing Hospitals’ Visitation Policies
I’m not linking to this one because it’s happening everywhere. Expect changes in hospital visiting guidelines all over the U.S. The hospitals hope to limit the spread of H1N1 among their patients (and themselves, I’d imagine) by restricting children and/or visitors with flu-like symptoms. The moral of this story: call the hospital to check on visitor policy first, so you don’t show up with three kids and then get turned away at the door.
On the Personal Front
It’s been a crazy week here in the Asthma Mom household, hence my near-absence in the comment section and on Twitter lately. I am reading and appreciating every one of your comments and emails, though, even if I haven’t responded to them.
Wishing you and yours good health and beautiful autumn weather this weekend.
Check out all previous Asthma Mom posts on H1N1 here.